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Alderson Bridge

Alderson Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 5, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Monroe Street (Pedestrian Walkway) Over Greenbrier River
Alderson: Greenbrier County, West Virginia and Monroe County, West Virginia: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1914 By Builder/Contractor: Concrete Steel Bridge Company of Clarksburg, West Virginia and Engineer/Design: Frank Duff McEnteer

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
110 Feet (33.53 Meters)
Structure Length
452.7 Feet (137.98 Meters)
Roadway Width
21 Feet (6.4 Meters)
4 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

View The National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form For This Bridge

This bridge was noted as the longest concrete arch in the state when it was completed. Even today it is reportedly either the longest or one of the longest. It is in any case a very impressive example of its kind, and in good condition, especially compared with other surviving bridges of this type in West Virginia.

Despite having railings that look a lot like those associated with the patents of engineer Daniel Luten, it appears this bridge does not use Luten patent designs. The engineer for this bridge, Frank Duff McEnteer, had once been associated with York Bridge Company which did build Luten bridges, but his Concrete Steel Bridge Company apparently did not and won the bid for this bridge over a Luten design.

This bridge replaced an 1882 metal truss bridge.

This bridge has been preserved for pedestrian use only. It enjoys a lot of local community support (which is largely why the bridge was preserved), and is a celebrated Alderson landmark.

This bridge also has a more dubious distinction of being one of the only historic bridges in the entire state to be preserved. West Virginia sadly is not known for preserving many bridges! It speaks to how special this bridge's preservation is.


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